Pujols, McGwire, LaRussa Redefine “Mistake”
The same can be said of the word “mistake” and its usage by Albert Pujols, Mark McGwire and Tony LaRussa. Over and over we keep hearing them use that word regarding McGwire’s finally admitted steroid use. They must be trying to redefine it. Because sticking a needle with illegal drugs into your body and pushing the plunger over and over again is not a mistake. It’s a conscious effort.
“I told him I’m proud of him for admitting what he used,” Pujols said Monday. “Everybody makes mistakes.”
“I don’t know what else he can say. How many more times does he have to apologize? How many more times does he have to admit he made a mistake?” La Russa said.
McGwire is still lying. “You don’t know that you’ll ever have to talk about the skeleton in your closet on a national level,” he said. “I did this for health purposes. There’s no way I did this for any type of strength use.” Right. McGwire also keeps talking about his “mistake” too.
What’s a mistake? Forgetting to turn off the stove. Burning the toast. Getting picked off first base. Continually injecting and ingesting steroids and other PEDs? Not a mistake.
LaRussa and McGwire ought to look just a hair deeper. Why is everyone still ragging on McGwire? Because he fed us all a half-truth. He could have wrapped this all up, and actually earned that standing ovation Cards fans gave him the other day. But as he has done time and again, McGwire keeps on trying to wriggle his way out of this. And LaRussa keeps digging himself into a bigger hole. His legacy is also being tarnished in this whole thing. All McGwire has really done is make it worse for himself. In the process he will likely serve as a season-long distraction to the Cardinals.